Mail Bag: New Deliveries to Headquarters

The grass is greening, new shoots are coming up in the flower beds, and the trees are starting to leaf out. On several recent afternoons my yard work has been interrupted by the UPS and Fedex drivers making deliveries to headquarters. Some of the books and products that I have received recently include:

Flight Shears

Trauma shears can disappear on a scene faster than a small branch pruner set down in the mulch. The Flight Shears replace the finger ring of the shears with a carabiner. The shears can be clipped to a belt loop, pant waist, pocket closure, trauma bag, or really anywhere. I have already put these into service and I am pleased with the early results. They also can be embossed with your name, organization or product name, or a website. The engraving and uniqueness of the carabiner would make these a great gift for a new graduate or as a member recognition.

Pocket BVM

I am thinking of adding a garden gnome this year. Would miniature stuff make the trees look bigger?  The age of miniaturization is coming to EMS. Without fail the biggest/bulkiest item in any jump kit is the BVM and mask. What is especially ironic is that the space occupied by the BVM is mostly air. The Pocket BVM collapses the BVM and mask into the size of a fast food clamshell. This is one of the few products that is a solution for a problem (instead of a solution looking for a problem). Check out the Pocket BVM at PerSys Medical.

High Viz Public Safety Vest

In the garden I avoid brightly colored clothing so I am not a target for bees and wasps. When I am on the streets as a paramedic or riding my road bike or running I want to be as visible as possible. ML Kishigo sent me one of their High Visibility PSV400 vests made with their Viz Lite material. One of the best developments in EMS in the last two years has been the increasing attention paid to roadside safety during motor vehicle collision response. High visibility work wear is just one part of roadside safety.

iPod Touch

Gardening uniform – old shoes, old pants, work gloves, and a new iPod Touch. My newest gadget is the [amazon-product text=”iPod Touch 3G 8GB” type=”text”]B002M3SOBU[/amazon-product]. I mostly listen to podcasts and don’t have a music collection so I felt like the 8GB was plenty of storage space. I am already adding EMS and social networking apps. With the WiFi capability I can pause from my gardening to update my Facebook status, check my email, and even look for gardening advice.

Books, Books, and More Books

Recent book arrivals include [amazon-product text=”My Ambulance Education” type=”text”]1554074479[/amazon-product] by Joseph F. Clark and [amazon-product text=”Unprepared” type=”text”]097871105X[/amazon-product] by DA Ramsey and Jim Rush. Jim and Joe have both been guests on the Medical Author Chat podcast.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.